Schools

The Forgiveness Project is excited to announce that our new web based teaching and learning resource is currently in production. We are currently collating feedback from the pilot and hope it will be ready to launch in Spring 2014. Watch this space for further details and how to get involved. To sign up for email updates contact office@theforgivenessproject.com.

The resource has been developed in partnership with Bristol-based Education specialists Visible Thinking thanks to funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, plus some additional support from CIT. A series of residencies, pilots and test interventions have taken place in a number of schools and colleges across the UK. The results of these, including invaluable feedback from teaching staff and students, are being used to refine the materials still further, while the mechanics of the downloadable resources are currently being finalised.

The activities in the resource are built around seven short films, six of which have been specially made for this project. Each of the films shows a Forgiveness Project speaker sharing their story. A diverse range of people tell these stories and they describe a wide range of situations but the common thread is that each person is on a journey following a life-changing event. A journey that leads them to consider the limits and possibilities of forgiveness, and to ask themselves what they have to do in order to survive in the aftermath of trauma, tragedy or simply having made bad choices. We believe that their testimony will provide a rich context from which students can start exploring ideas about forgiveness and justice, crime and punishment, conflict and peace.

The resource is designed to be a bank of ideas and approaches. It will contain example schemes of work for various subject areas, and it will also be possible to access material for a single one-off lesson. Curriculum links and assessment guidelines will also be provided along with video clips for teachers demonstrating how the activities can be run. In researching and piloting ideas for the resource there has been a particular emphasis on using creative approaches, encouraging students to think independently and connect their own lives and experiences with those of the speakers. The resource draws on some of the approaches used in the Forgiveness Project’s adult male prisons and young offender institutes, with the aim of engaging all students with the material, regardless of academic ability or educational attainment.